He was the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient poets, had the largest and most comprehensive soul. All the images of nature were still present to him, and he drew them not laboriously, but luckily: when he describes anything, you more than see... A Thousand and One Gems of English Prose - Page 921872 - 534 pagesFull view
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James G. McManaway - 1990 - 442 pages
...sums up die situation neatly in his Of Dramatic Poesy, An Essay: To begin, then, with Shakespeare: he was the man who of all modern, and perhaps ancient...give him the greater commendation: he was naturally learn 'd; he needed not the spectacles of books to read nature, he look'd inwards, and found her there....